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High Volume Hydrofracturing in Bradford County, PA To Be Discussed at Next WQCC Meeting

February 11, 2011

High Volume Hydrofracturing in Bradford County, PA To Be Discussed at Next WQCC Meeting

COOPERSTOWN – Michael W. Lovegreen, Bradford County Conservation District manager, will be the guest speaker at the next Otsego County Water Quality Coordinating Committee meeting on Tuesday, February 22.

In his presentation, titled “High Volume Hydrofracturing: An Overview From Ground Zero, Bradford County, PA,” Lovegreen will discuss experiences in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, both positive and negative, relating to the natural gas industry. As of July 2010, 25 percent of the Marcellus wells drilled to date in Pennsylvania were in Bradford County. Lovegreen has weighed in previously on the broad effects of the natural gas industry on forestry/hunting, rental income, tourism and businesses/services.

The meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. in Classroom A, will be hosted by the Otsego County Planning Department at 140 County Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required by Friday, February 18. Those interested in attending should e-mail admin or call (607) 547-4488.

This event is made possible thanks to the Otsego County WQCC which, in order to better satisfy the educational component of its mission, has restructured its monthly meetings to include public information sessions. The OCWQCC was established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. It is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.

For more information on the WQCC, visit www.otsegosoilandwater.com/waterqualitycc.html

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